Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jun 2009 13:55 UTC
Internet Explorer Yesterday, Microsoft dropped a bomb by announcing that all versions of Windows 7 released in Europe would ship without Internet Explorer pre-installed. This was in answer to the EU antitrust investigation currently under way regarding possible illegal bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows. The first reactions to this news are coming in, with Opera and the EU both lamenting the move.
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What does this tell us?
by sbergman27 on Fri 12th Jun 2009 16:26 UTC
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Firefox' popularity is through the roof, with the Free/free browser from Mozilla touching the 40% market share figures in many European countries. In addition, Chrome has become quite popular in a short period of time, more popular than Opera, in fact (of course, usual warnings for statistics, etc. etc.). What does this tell us?

This tells us that Thom Holwerda does not do professional support on business desktops. I do. And I can tell you that the problems of IEs inertia, and business critical services requiring IE to function, is still very, very real. Quoting "up to 40% firefox usage for some countries in the EU" to tech support for these providers does me exactly no good. And this is business, so please don't tell me to tell my clients to just refuse to file their warranty claims with the manufacturer so that they can be paid for the warranty service work they do. I still am forced to run IE on Linux to allow my customers to conduct their business.

When one sits around in his armchair looking over w3schools statistics and writing ivory tower OSNews editorials, it's easy to miss actual reality.

It's too late to simply level the playing field because the entire planet's center of gravity is now skewed.

I will say that while I agree with going beyond just not having IE installed by default... it is not enough to be concerned only with home users. Something needs to be done about IE's monopoly position in business services.

Microsoft cares what browser your grandma uses only for the network effect it affords. It cares a hell of a lot *more* about businesses being forced to use it.

Edited 2009-06-12 16:44 UTC

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